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#pounditTuesday, December 7, 2021

Javy Baez sore after being hit but says he is ‘fine’

Javy Baez did not seem to be too concerned about his elbow after being hit by a pitch during Sunday’s game.

The Chicago Cubs shortstop was hit in the elbow by St. Louis Cardinals starter Jack Flaherty during the top of the third. He fell to the ground after being hit and was replaced by Addison Russell.

Baez was initially diagnosed with a contusion, but there was talk about him undergoing X-rays to ensure there was no fracture. He said after the game that he thought the X-rays were unnecessary.

“It feels pretty sore, but right now I’m good,” Baez said.

Cubs manager Joe Maddon also initially said he didn’t think it was very serious.

Though Baez said he was fine, he was not sure if he could play in Monday’s game against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The 25-year-old is batting .255 with 14 home runs this season and has an .805 OPS.

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